How do you think the film industry is changing?
I think the film industry is changing because more independent filmmakers are stepping out and taking chances on investing in themselves. We no longer need huge budgets and connections to distribute our films.
Do you make films to entertain the audience?
I definitely make films to entertain the audience. Being an author first, my foundation is one hundred percent based on engaging and entertaining the reader so that definitely rolls over into my script writing process.
What were the challenges of making this film?
Honestly, we didn’t have many challenges. I work with an amazing team and the cast was great.
What inspires you to make movies?
I’m inspired to make films for the books I have written.
What advice would you give to someone starting a career in filmmaking?
Work on creating a good team. The process will be much easier and when you have dependable and reliable people to delegate duties to.
Who would you love to work with and why?
I would love to work with Issa Rae, Lena Waithe and Shonda Rhymes.
Any book on which you would like to make a movie?
Yes, I wrote a book titled Low Down and I plan to film that in 2023.
Do you like to read books?
I love to read and one of my favorite authors is James Patterson.
What kind of book you like to read?
I love mysteries. I’m fascinated with solving the crime and putting the pieces together.
The script is most important to make a film. Do you think all filmmakers focus on that?
I believe most filmmakers focus on the script however some are open to creative criticism. I think its always great to have another set of eyes review your script.
What role does music play in a movie?
Music is very important because it sets the tone for the scenes and assists with moving the story along.
As so many filmmakers are releasing their films online, do you have similar plans?
Yes. Streaming is the way of the world right now.
How do you ensure that production is on schedule?
I work with a great producers. With Rotten, Melissa Talbot and RonSher Brooks made sure everything ran smoothly. Pre-production is key.
Let’s talk more about your most recent film: Rotten. Where did the idea come from for this compelling story?
And why was it so important for you to tell this story? Rotten is inspired from my book titled “The Apple Don’t Fall Far From the Tree”. The story needs to be told because it’s a story about forgiveness and that is an area where many of us struggle.
What’s your next film about?
My next film is titled The Ripple Effect. It’s about a teenage boy who makes a bad decision and how it affects his friends and family.